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About

Professor Nana Poku

  • Executive Director and Professor of Health Economics
  • Global health; health governance; migration and human security; globalisation and security, HIV/AIDS
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  • Email: heard@ukzn.ac.za
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Professor Nana K. Poku is a Political Economist with a research focus on health provision in Africa. Over the past two decades, his research on the political economy of Africa’s HIV and AIDS epidemic has been amongst the most influential on the subject. Within the context of the World Health Organisation’s global aim to treat three million persons living with HIV and AIDS by 2005, he directed operational research for the World Bank funded Treatment Acceleration Programme (TAP) to test the feasibility of complex medication scale-up in resource-limited settings.

Between 2003 – 2006, Professor Poku was tasked by then Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, to lead the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa (CHGA) at the Economic Commission for Africa. CHGA pioneered a range of impact studies on the effects of HIV and AIDS on state structures and economic development in Africa and assisted governments to consolidate the design and implementation of policies and programmes to mitigate the effects of the epidemic.

In 2007, Professor Poku was an expert witness to United States Congressional Committee on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). During 2006 – 7, he was a member of the Expert Advisory Group to the EU Africa Governance Project, and from 2007 to 2010, he also served as a Special Advisor to British Government on Africa. Since 2007, he has been Senior Advisor on HIV/AIDS policies within Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers for a number of African countries, and over the past 15 years has worked in various capacities with the World Health Organisation, World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, UNAIDS, International Labour Organisation, European Union, African Union, African Development Bank, Southern African Development Community, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and various national development agencies, among others.

Professor Poku has a wide array of published work on globalisation and security; HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa; global health; governance; migration and human security. He has published 16 books, over 50 book contributions and more than 30 peer-reviewed articles in internationally recognised journals, including International Affairs. Review of International Studies, International Relations, and Third World Quarterly. He has guest co/edited journal special issues for International Affairs on HIV/AIDS and Governance (2006); Third World Quarterly on Global Health (2002) and the Millennium Development Goals (2011) and International Relations on the Crisis of HIV/AIDS in Africa (2000). He is also editor of three Routledge book series: Contemporary African Politics.

Professor Poku was formerly Pro-Vice Chancellor of Research at the University of Bradford where he also served as Dean of School of Social and International Studies. Prior to Bradford, he held senior faculty posts at Universities of Southampton and Nottingham Trent, UK.

Books Authored and Edited

  • Poku, N. K and Charles Oyaya, Developments And Cataclysm Of Constitutional Making In Kenya: A Century of Struggle and Quest for Legitimacy, Routledge Press, at Press
  • Poku, N K. and Jim Whitman, Neoliberalism and Change in Contemporary Africa: Challenges and Opportunity, Routledge Press, 2017
  • Poku, N. and Anna Mdee, Politics in Africa: A new introduction, Zed Books, 2011.
  • Poku, N., AIDS in Africa: ‘How the poor are dying’, Polity Press, 2006.
  • Poku, N., Regionalization and Security in Southern Africa, Palgrave, 2001.
  • Poku N.K. and Jim Whitman, The Millennium Development Goals: Challenges, prospects and opportunities, Routledge, 2013
  • Poku, N. and Jelke Boesten (eds.), Gender and HIV/AIDS, Ashgate Press, 2009.
  • Poku, N. and Jeggan C. Senghor (eds.), Towards Africa’s Renewal, Ashgate Press, 2008.
  • Poku, N. K, Alan Whiteside and Bjorg Sandkjaer (eds.) AIDS and Governance, Ashgate Press, 2007.
  • Poku, N. K. and Anthony McGrew (eds.) Globalisation, Development and Human Security, Polity Press, 2007.
  • Poku, N. K. and Alan Whiteside (eds.) The Political Economy of HIV/AIDS in Africa, Ashgate Press, 2004.
  • Poku, N. K. and Alan Whiteside (eds.) Global Health and Governance: HIV/AIDS, Palgrave, 2003.
  • Poku, N. K. (ed.) Security and Development in Southern Africa, Greenwood Press, 2001.
  • Poku N. K. and David Graham (eds.) Migration, Globalisation and Human Security, Routledge, London, 2000.
  • Poku, N. K. and David Graham (eds.) Redefining Security: Population Movement and National Security, Greenwood Press, 1999.
  • Poku, N. K. and Lloyd Pettiford (eds.) Redefining the Third World, Macmillan Press, 1998.
  • Poku, N. K. and Lloyd Pettiford (eds2008.) Understanding International Relations, TNT University Press, 1997.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Academic Articles 

  • Poku, N. K, Russell Armstrong and Kene Esom, (2017) “Sustainable Development and LGBT Social Inclusion in Africa: Opportunities for Accelerating Change”, Development in Practice
  • Poku, N. K (2016) ‘UN Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS; Where to begin?’ Comment The Lancet Vol. 388, August 20,
  • Poku, N. K., ‘How Should the Post-2015 Response to AIDS Relate to the Drive for Universal Health Coverage?’, Journal of Global Public Health, 2016. DOI:10.1080/17441692.2016.1215486
  • Poku, N. K., ‘HIV Prevention: The Key to Ending AIDS by 2030’, The Open AIDS Journal, 2016, 10, 65-77. DOI: 10.2174/1874613601610010065
  • Poku, N. K. and Rene Bonnel, ‘Funding of community-based interventions for HIV prevention’, African Journal of AIDS Research, 2016, 15(2). DOI: 10.2989/16085906.2016.1194300
  • Poku, N. K. and Kay Govender, (2016) ‘Fast-tracking the HIV-prevention response: scientific advances and implementation challenges’, African Journal of AIDS Research, 2016, 15(2). DOI: 10.2989/16085906.2016.1194300
  • Poku, N.K., ‘HIV/AIDS, State Fragility and United Nation’s Security Council Resolution 1308’, International Journal of Peace Keeping, 2013
  • Poku, N. and Jim Whitman, ‘Developing Country Health Systems and the Governance of International HIV/AIDS Funding’, International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 2011.
  • Poku, N. and Jim Whitman, ‘The Millennium Development Goals: Prospects, challenges and opportunities’, Third World Quarterly, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2011.
  • Poku, N. and Jim Whitman, ‘The Millennium Development Goals and Development After 2015’, Third World Quarterly, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2011.
  • Poku, N., ‘VIH/SIDA y Gobernanza’, Vanguardia Dossier, Numero 26 Enero/Marzo, 2008.
  • Poku, N. and Bjorg Sandkjaer, ‘Meeting the challenge of Scaling up Treatment and Care in Africa’, Journal of Development in Practice, Vol.17, No.2, 2007.
  • Poku, N., Neil Renwick and João Gomes Porto, ‘Human Security and Development in Africa’, Journal of International Affairs, Vol.83. No.6 November 2007.
  • Poku, N. K. and Alan Whiteside, ‘25 years: challenges and prospects’, HIV/AIDS special issue, International Affairs, Vol. 82, No. 2, March 2006.
  • Poku, N. K., ‘Financing: A case for improving the quality and quantity of aid’, HIV/AIDS special issue, International Affairs, Vol. 82, No. 2, March 2006.
  • Poku N. K. and Jane Freedman, ‘The Socio-Economic Context of HIV/AIDS’, Review of International Studies, Vol. 31, No. 4, October 2005.
  • Poku, N. K., ‘Poverty, Debt and Africa’s HIV/AIDS crisis’, International Affairs, Vol. 78, No.3 July, 2002.
  • Poku, N. and Alan Whiteside, ‘Global Health and the Politics of Governance’, Third World Quarterly, Vol.23, No.2, 2002, pp. 191-195.
  • Poku, N., ‘The global AIDS Fund: Context and Opportunity’, Third World Quarterly, Vol.23, No.2, 2002, pp. 283-298.
  • Poku, N. and Fantu Cheru, ‘The Politics of Poverty and Debt in Africa’s AIDS Crisis’, International Relations, Vol. XV No. 6, December 2001, pp.37-55.
  • Poku, N., ‘AIDS in Africa: An Overview’, International Relations Vol. XV No. 6, December 2001, pp.5-15.
  • Poku, N., ‘Africa’s AIDS Crisis in Context: ‘How the Poor are dying': Third World Quarterly, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2001, pp.191-204.
  • Poku N., ‘Poverty, AIDS and the Politics of Response in Africa’, International Relations, Vol. XV, No.3, December 2000, pp.39-52.
  • Poku, N., ‘Constructivism and Third World Research’, International Relations, Vol. XIV, No.2. August 1988.
  • Poku, N. and Lloyd Pettiford, ‘Practice and Theory in the Security Debate’, Security Dialogue, Vol. 27, No 3, September, pp. 356-358, 1996.
  • Poku, N., ‘The Crisis of Legitimacy and the Emergence of Democratic South Africa: A Critical Review’, Indian Journal of African Studies, July 1997.

Selected Book Chapters

  • Poku, N. et.al., ‘Globalization, Development, and Security’, in Alan Collins (eds.) Contemporary Security Studies, 4th edition, Oxford University Press, 2013
  • Poku, N. and et.al., ‘Globalization, Development, and Security’, in Alan Collins (eds.) Contemporary Security
  • Studies, 3rd edition (different from 2nd edition) Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Poku, N., ‘Globalization, Development, and Security’, in Alan Collins (eds.) Contemporary Security Studies, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Poku, N. and Jelke Boesten, ‘Gender and AIDS in World Politics’, in Nana Poku and Jelke Boesten (eds.), Gender and AIDS, Ashgate Press, 2009.
    Poku, N. and Bjorg Sandkjaer, ‘Global Pandemics and Security Challenge’, in Hans-Gunther Brauched.),Securityand the Environment, Hexagon Books, 2009.
  • Poku, N. and Bjorg Sandkjaer, ‘Human Security and Africa’, in Hans-Gunther Brauch (ed.), Security and the Environment, Hexagon Books, 2009.
  • Poku, N. K., ‘AIDS and the Future of the African State’, in Maj-Lis Foller and Hakan Thorn (eds.) The Politics of AIDS: Globalisation, The State and Civil Society, Palgrave Press, 2008.
  • Poku, N. K. and Bjorg Sandkjaer,‘From State Security to Human Security’, in Angela Ndinga-Muvumba and Robyn Pharoah (eds.) HIV/AIDS and Society in South Africa, University of Kwazulu-Natal Press, 2008.
  • Poku, N., ‘Context of Security in Africa’, in David Francis (ed.) Peace and Conflict in Africa, Zed Press, 2008.
  • Poku, N. K., ‘HIV/AIDS in a Globalised World: An unequal epidemic in an unequal world’, in Anthony McGrew and Nana K. Poku (eds.) Globalisation, Development and Human Security, Polity Press 2007.
  • Poku, N. K. and Bjorg Sandkjaer,‘HIV/AIDS in the Context of Poverty: Africa’s Deadly Epidemic’, in Robert Ostergard (ed.) HIV/AIDS and the Threat to National and International Security, Palgrave Press, 2007.
  • Poku, N. K. and Maite Irurzun-Lopez, ‘Pursuing African AIDS Governance: Consolidating the Response and Preparing for the Future’, in Amy S. Patterson (ed.) The African State and the AIDS Crisis, Ashgate Press, 2005.
  • Poku, N. K. and Jane Freedman, ‘State responses to the AIDS pandemic’, in Ulf Engel and Gorm Rye Olsen (eds.) Understanding the African Exception: Today’s received wisdom and tomorrow’s perceived knowledge, Ashgate Press, 2005.
  • Poku, N. K., ‘Confronting AIDS with debt: Africa’s silent crisis’, in Poku, N. K. and Alan Whiteside, (eds.) The Political Economy of HIV/AIDS in Africa, Ashgate Press, 2004.
  • Poku, N. K., ‘Africa’s HIV/AIDS Crisis’, in Poku, N. K. and Alan Whiteside (eds.) The Political Economy of HIV/AIDS in Africa, Ashgate Press, 2004.
  • Poku, N. K., ‘The Global Fund: Context and Opportunity’, in Poku, N. K. and Alan Whiteside (eds.) Global Health and Governance, Palgrave, 2003.
  • Poku, N. K., ‘Global Pandemics: AIDS’, in D. Held and A. McGrew (eds.) Governing the Global Polity, Polity Press, 2002.
  • Poku N. K., ‘Uneven Globalization and Human Insecurity in Africa’, in Poku, N. (eds.) Security and Development in Southern Africa, Greenwood Press, 2001 (300 pages).
  • Poku, N., ‘The Crisis of AIDS in Africa and the Politics of Response’, in Poku, N. (eds.) Security and Development in Southern Africa, Greenwood Press, 2001 (300 pages).
  • Poku, N., Neil Renwick, and John Glenn, ‘Human Security in a Globalised World’, in Poku N., and David Graham (eds.) Migration, Globalisation and Human Security, Routledge, London, 2000.
  • Poku, N., ‘Redefining Security for a New Millennium’, in Nana Poku and David Graham (eds.) Redefining Security: Population Movement and National Security, Greenwood Press. Nov. 1999, 300 pages.
  • Poku, N., and Peter Vale, ‘Un Futuro per seguide por supasado. Sudafrica y su region’, in Antoni Castel (ed.) El Africa QueViene, Oxfam Internacional, 1999.
  • Poku, N., and David Graham, ‘Population Movements Health and Security’, in Nana Poku and David Graham (eds.) Redefining Security: Population Movement and National Security, Greenwood Press, Nov. 1998, 300 pages.
  • Poku, N. and Lloyd Pettiford, ‘A Call for Complexity in Third World Research: Challenging the False God of Theoretical Parsimony’, in Nana Poku and Lloyd Pettiford (eds.) Redefining The Third World, Macmillan Press, London, July 1998, 300 pages.
  • Poku, N., ‘Security and Development in Africa: Cold War and Beyond’, in Nana Poku and Lloyd Pettiford (eds.) Redefining The Third World, Macmillan Press, London, July 1998, 300 pages.
  • Poku, N., ‘The Construction Of Ethnic Identities In Contemporary Africa’, in Neil Renwick and Jill Krause (eds.)Identities in International Relations, Palgrave Macmillan, 1996.

Research outputs

Journal article

Poku, Nk and J, Sundewall (2017) Political responsibility and global health Third World Quarterly, DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2017.1369034

Poku, NK (2016) UN political declaration on HIV and AIDS: where to begin? The Lancet, 388 (10046), pp 743–744, DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(16)31336-8

Poku, NK (2016) How should the post-2015 response to AIDS relate to the drive for universal health coverage? http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2016.1215486

Opinion piece

Poku, N (2016) From exceptionalism to the challenge of ending AIDS by 2030 HEARD, Durban, South Africa